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Jeff Heath wasn't drafted like fellow Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox was, but the position is still one that needs new faces to take the reins.
Matt Johnson has never started an NFL game and is coming off an injury. Barry Church is coming off an injury and Wilcox is a rookie.
Chances are he will not be starting for Dallas coming into next season, but every safety is trying to impress this offseason. Heath is a small-school product coming from Division II Saginaw Valley State University. During the 2011 season with the Cardinals, he recorded 81 tackles and an interception.
Heath already made it past the first round of minicamp cuts after the May 21-23 sessions and has been welcomed by at least one of the team's notable members.
In an interview with Michael Niziolek of MLive.com, Heath explained he's already been greeted by DeMarcus Ware, saying:
He came up to me and asked me how rookie camp went, asked me about how I was doing. He just treated me as one of the guys. I didn't expect him to be rude or anything, but I thought the veterans might stick with each other, I mean he's the best in the world at what he does.
Heath is doing his best to make an impression early and the Cowboys have never shied away from small-school products. With Dallas' need for a safety to step up, Heath could be an interesting option.